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Roberts case – a summary

The name of this case may seem familiar; perhaps too familiar given the time it usually takes for matters to proceed through our court system. However, you’d be right. This is the third preliminary issue in the matter of Harry Roberts (a minor and a protected party by his mother and litigation friend Mrs Lauren […]

Covid-19: Duties of Guernsey directors

As companies continue to adjust to operating under the various regimes put in place by both the States of Guernsey and governments globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and even now look forward to how and when restrictions may be eased, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (the GFSC) has issued guidance on matters they believe directors should give particular regard to when undertaking their role.

Retrospective submission of a contract of sale

On 8 May, 2020, the Supreme Court of Cyprus delivered its much-awaited judgement in the context of the appeal 68/19 (Appeal), granting leave for the submission of an application for the issuance of a Certiorari, a prerogative writ.

Covid-19 litigation update

New Practice Direction 51ZA Extension of Time Limits and Clarification of PD51Y Almost three weeks ago saw the publication of the 118th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules. This new practice direction, namely practice Direction 51ZA, sought to revise the usual procedures for the extension of time limits and to provide clarification on […]



Republishing libel – what’s the story?

Derek Draper and Damian McBride ­certainly intended their ‘Red Rag’ blog to stir up controversy by smearing the ­reputations of their political enemies, and they hoped that by doing so they would ultimately damage the Conservative Party. The trouble is that, even while the project was merely formulated as an idea in a ­private exchange […]

Sadiq Jafar

Hadef cuts six from lawyer line-up as firms reassess Middle East strategies

United Arab Emirates (UAE) firm Hadef Al Dhahiri & Associates, which has rebranded as Hadef & Partners, has laid off six corporate finance lawyers as it bids to reposition itself during the downturn. Sadiq Jafar The cuts were made over the past six months with the firm also looking to relocate various lawyers between its […]


SRA gets a roasting as deferrals leave students out in the cold

Stories about law firms asking their future trainees to defer their start dates have dominated The Lawyer’s student website in recent weeks. Barely a week has passed without at least one firm conceding it has asked future trainees to push back their start dates. Among those firms are Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, ­Herbert […]

Watson Burton moots Middle East expansion

Watson Burton is looking to expand its focus beyond North East England with a Middle East launch slated for the next 12 months. Senior partner Rob ­Langley and London-based head of construction David Jones are looking for a Saudi sponsor that would allow the firm to launch its first international office. Langley said: “The ­opportunity came through our petrochemical […]


Jonathan Porteous

What was your first-ever job?Descaling a tower at a ­concrete factory with hydrochloric acid. Drops kept flying off the broom into my face. Jonathan Porteous What was your first-ever job? Descaling a tower at a ­concrete factory with hydrochloric acid. Drops kept flying off the broom into my face. What was your worst ­experience as […]

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